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Intel Core i7 Broadwell-E launch set for Q2 2016 suggests leak

by Mark Tyson on 19 November 2015, 11:06

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Intel's upcoming Core i7 Broadwell-E high-end desktop (HEDT) processors will hit the market in Q2 2016, according to a new leaked slide published by Chinese tech site Benchlife.info (via TechPowerUp). Q2 spans April to June and if you take the chart on face value, Intel Core i7 Broadwell-E chips sporting 6, 8 and 10 cores will become available towards the beginning of that quarterly period.

Earlier this week we reported on another Chinese leak, which provided the specifications of Intel's Core i7 Broadwell-E HEDT range of processors. The top of the range Core i7-6950X grabbed our attention as it comes equipped with 10 physical CPU cores and support for 20 threads. This chip also stands out from the pack thanks to its 'eXtreme' overclockability via an unlocked multiplier and voltage tweaking flexibility. I've reproduced the product lineup that we found out about below:

The full lineup of Intel Broadwell-E processors, using socket LGA2011-v3, is said to be as follows:

  • Intel Core i7-6950X: 10 cores, 20 threads, 25MB L3 cache, 3.0GHz
  • Intel Core i7-6900K: 8 cores, 16 threads, 20MB L3 cache, 3.3GHz
  • Intel Core i7-6850K: 6 cores, 12 threads, 15MB L3 cache, 3.6GHz
  • Intel Core i7-6800K: 6 cores, 12 threads, 15MB L3 cache, 3.4GHz

TPU says that the flagship Intel Core i7-6950X will cost approximately $1000, the mid-tier 8-core processor will cost around $600, with the entry level Broadwell-E chips priced around $400. All the Broadwell-E processors will have a TDP of 140W and be compatible with existing LGA2011v3 motherboards, given a requisite firmware update.

The new roadmap also shows some Kaby Lake schedules. Desktop users will have to wait around a year to see these processors offered for PC building purposes. However the Kaby Lake-U processors for laptops look to be scheduled for the end of summer, probably for the 'back to school' season.



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Not going to be long before the “High End” cpu's are a full 2 cycles behind the mainstream. They're almost that much behind the ULV's as it is.
Come on AMD, get that Zen competitive and out there. I just hope to hell it's within 10% ipc of Kaby-Lake, Intel needs another Athlon64-ish kickin' to get innovative and competitive again.
The clock speeds look very low. I hope we actually see some worthwhile improvement from Intel this time and Broardwell isn't another 3% faster per core can't overclock for toffee disappointment.

Plus 15% improvement perclock and 5Ghz capable isn't much to ask for this kind of money.
I guess that Intel will discontinue X99 after this release. So probably no upgrade for me. :( But it comes out just by the time I should have some spare money for an upgrade…
IMHO Intel should've skipped Broadwell on the desktop (not counting All-in-Ones). The normal varieties didn't have a long shelf life and I'm sure Intel could've pulled in Skylake-E instead of wasting time and resources on Broadwell-E. Perhaps a couple of months later than the suggested Broadwell-E launch, but still…
The Broadwell-E looks interesting, especially with 10 cores! But I'm disappointed with the clock speed. It took a month to OC my i7 5960X to 4.5 using 1.285v and that's AFTER replacing my Noctua NH-D15S with a Thermaltake Ultimate water 3.o, using six Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans for quiet cooling. After all that, I'm not sure I want to bother upgrading until Skylake-E comes out.